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Clarenville-area theatre has plenty in the works

Artistic director Geoff Adams is looking forward to the new season as New Curtain Theatre enters its fourth year.

And there are fresh faces at the helm, as New Curtain elected a new board of directors in December.

Martha Sweeting is president, while newcomers Reg Pretty, Bill Day and Bruce Stagg join Wilson Wiseman, Douglas Lake, Charlie Henley and Pete Soucy (a.k.a. Snook) around the table.

Geoff Adams, the artistic director of New Curtain Theatre, is looking forward to the companys fourth season. Packet file photo

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Artistic director Geoff Adams is looking forward to the new season as New Curtain Theatre enters its fourth year.

And there are fresh faces at the helm, as New Curtain elected a new board of directors in December.

Martha Sweeting is president, while newcomers Reg Pretty, Bill Day and Bruce Stagg join Wilson Wiseman, Douglas Lake, Charlie Henley and Pete Soucy (a.k.a. Snook) around the table.

As always, Adams is hoping to build on community theatre, possibly developing Soucy's adaptation of "The Wizard of Oz."

Also returning this year will be acting classes for adults and young people. Adams says the courses are more popular every year.

He's had people calling since before Christmas hoping to register their children, and he's looking forward to starting the classes in February.

New this year is a partnership with the Eastern Region Committee Against Violence to create a piece targeting teen dating violence.

"It's going down the road that I've always wanted to bring New Curtain, in terms of doing socially relevant theatre," Adams said. He hopes the production will get to as many high schools as possible in the next 12 to 18 months.

As for the professional company, the board has two productions planned. "Where-verville," a story of resettlement in more recent times, by Josh McDonald, will be staged in late February.

In Late March or early April, "Shirley Valentine," by Willie Russell, will take to the stage. It's a popular one-woman show about mid-life crisis and there's a British film of the same name. The casts haven't been finalized yet, but Adams says they will likely include familiar faces - Colin Furlong, Rory Lambert and Steve MacDonald.

There will be some artistic competition in town this season, as Clarenville opens its events and art centre this month. Adams hopes the facility will complement the theatre on the hill.

"We still will be based out of the hill, because we need office space and rehearsal space. ... I hope it will be feasible to mount shows there, and get more people out. The more we have, the more we see is out there available to us, the better it is," he said.

Planning is well underway for New Curtain's annual Valentine's fundraiser, "For the Love of Theatre," set for Feb. 20.

Organizations: New Curtain Theatre, Eastern Region Committee

Geographic location: Clarenville, Douglas Lake

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